Baby Name Timeline: 1990s

The baby names below saw sudden changes in usage during the 1990s thanks to the influence of historical events. I’ve written explanatory blog posts about some of them — please click the links to learn more!

To check out history-influenced baby names from other decades, visit the baby name timeline main page.


1999

felicity, tv show, baby names, 1990s,

1999 News: Shykemmia, Millennium, Nerses

1999 Movie characters: Neo, Trinity, Amidala, Anjali, Kiara, Sincere, Sabian, Dartagnan

1999 TV characters: Felicity, Ezri, Verania, Preciosa, Tyreke, Piper, Ransel, Cade

1999 TV contestant: Itzanami

1999 TV personalities: Emeril, Kaia, Ruthie, Amaya

1999 Actors: Tionne, Litzy

1999 Singers: Tyrese, Rahzel

1999 Rapper: Sole

1999 Musical album: Mohogany

1999 Sports: Cauy, Ukari, Peerless, Quartey

1999 Products: Envy, Dasani

1999 Brand: Sephora

1999 Celebrity babies: Selah, Ronan


1998

selena, movie, baby names, 1990s,

1998 News: Inaara, Tiger, Monica

1998 Movie characters: Mulan, Cinque, Skylar, Danyael, Ronin, Korben, Cyan

1998 Movie: Amistad

1998 TV characters: Dawson, Pacey, Lyta, Selena, Catera, Rosaisela, Gia, Giamarie, Diavian, Ally, Dharma

1998 TV contestant: Brannon

1998 TV personalities: Tsianina, Iyanla, Kameelah, Timber, Kalle

1998 Video game character: Aeris

1998 Actors: Charlize, Aniston, Calista, Madchen, Naydelin, Ariyon, Adamari, Landry, Stellan, Jensen

1998 African-American magazines: Zyshonne

1998 Song: Adia

1998 Singers: Beyonce, Mya, Envyi, Celine

1998 Rappers: Jadakiss, Mystikal, Camron

1998 Musical group: Phajja

1998 Music festival: Lilith

1998 Sports: Jelani, Zidane, Nomar, Picabo, Bode, McGwire, Dhani, Dameyune, Nazr, Tavian, Jeter, Jaromir

1998 Celebrity babies: Sailor, Seven, Zion


1997

maguire, movie, baby names, 1990s,

1997 News: Dodi, Jonbenet, Versace, Ennis

1997 Movie characters: Maguire, Cross

1997 TV characters: Yulissa, Sarek, Belanna

1997 TV show: Odyssey

1997 TV personalities: Flora, Syrus

1997 Video game character: Talazia

1997 Actors: Djimon, Vivica, Tahj

1997 Literary character: Sheccid

1997 Song: Vidalia

1997 Singers: Erykah, Fey, Rahsaan, Zakiya, Trace

1997 Rappers: Nas, Makaveli

1997 Producer: Dupri

1997 Musical group: Jamiroquai

1997 Sports: Denilson, Livan, Tanyon, Ripken, Brevin, Tiger, Juwan

1997 Products: Allure, Tresor, Millennia, Naya


1996

moesha, television, 1990s, baby name

1996 Movie characters: Sera, Nomi, Miette

1996 Movies: Jumanji, Diabolique

1996 TV characters: Xena, Sabrina, Moesha, Ohagi, Aeon, Gilda

1996 TV personality: Jacinda, Kiana

1996 Video game characters: Sindel, Stryker

1996 Actors: Quindon, Mykelti, Brosnan, Neve, Zaria

1996 Song: Rebeccalynn

1996 Singers: Monifah, Tamia, Syleena, Json

1996 Musical group: Mazzy

1996 African-American magazines: Savasia

1996 Rapper: Amaru

1996 Sports: Jaycie, Dominique, Keyshawn, Deion, Cal, Kordell, Jagr

1996 Products: Millenia, Catera

1996 Celebrity baby: Ireland

1996 Beauty queen: Banelly


1995

oasis, band, 1990s, baby name,

1995 News: Baylee, Selena, Arnelle, Kaelin, Annanicole

1995 Movie characters: Tristan, Raynathan, Anakin, Mufasa, Sarabi, Nala, Lestat, Khaila, Lane, Tuff, Lyric

1995 TV characters: Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Fox, Chakotay, Kes, Delenn, Corvina, Alondra, Jamilex, Maitland, Morelia, Deianeira, Tia, Tamera, Kennedy

1995 TV personality: Maty

1995 TV talk show guest: Gajuan

1995 Video game character: Jax, Morrigan

1995 Actors: Mekhi, Tramanh, Khalil, Trini, Karina

1995 Songs: Adalida, Alize

1995 Singers: Alanis, Montell, Desree, Iridian, Saadiq, Kci, Monteco, Dangelo, Jailene, Shatasha, Brandy

1995 Rapper: Notorious

1995 Musical group: Oasis

1995 Sports: Mattingly, Galaxy, Rashaan, Natrone, Kijana, Latrell, Mattheus

1995 Product: Natori

1995 Celebrity baby: Aquinnah

1995 Beauty queens: Aishwarya, Chelsi, Shawntel

1995 Model: Brescia


1994

ajee, perfume, baby name, 1990s,

1994 News: Ylenia, Fergie, Camera, Menachem, Kerrigan, River, Phoenix

1994 Movie characters: Simba, Roemello, Draven, Lelaina, Caine, Jonah, Wyatt, Miklo, Justice, Damini, Darby, Waverly

1994 Movie: Seattle

1994 TV characters: Topanga, Danesha, Keanda, Jadzia, Keemo, Synclaire, Regine, Tangie, Marimar, Dalia, Zana, Clarisa, Elide, Brisco, Maris

1994 TV show: Malibu

1994 TV personalities: Idalis, Ricki, Siani

1994 Video game characters: Kitana, Mileena, Kanen, Jagar

1994 Actors: Jurnee, Jocqui, Shemar, Itati, Larenz, Tyrin, Nohely

1994 African-American magazine: Ziyadah

1994 Singers: Aaliyah, Danzig, Rajanee, Braxton, Chely

1994 Rappers: Shyheim, Raekwon, Jeru

1994 Sports: Baggio, Kiwane, Voshon, Barkley, Oksana, Troy, Romario, Daulton, Trajan

1994 Product: Ajee

1994 Beauty queens: Blancaestela, Limairy

1994 Model: Neriah


1993

selena, singer, baby name, 1990s,

1993 News: Brandonlee, Thurgood, Yoandra, Asmara, Kynara, Shanythia, Drazen

1993 Politics: Hillary, Chelsea, Karenna

1993 Movie characters: Strange, Fischer, Crysta, Raheem, Quincy, Diquan, Savon, Chance

1993 TV characters: Rosangelica, Kassandra, Yaritza, Khadijah, Mistica, Guadalupe, Jagger, Queen

1993 TV show: Tribeca

1993 TV personalities: Eilish, Kennedy

1993 TV talk show guest: Hydeia

1993 TV commercials: Kebrina, Kalene, Kia

1993 Video game character: Raiden

1993 Actors: Halle, Coraima, Marisa, Faizon, Mayim, Tiffaniamber, Tichina, Solmayra

1993 Singers: Manee, Thalia, Selena, Chante

1993 Rappers: Tupac, Shakur, Dre

1993 Musical groups: Zhane, Silk, Cypress

1993 Sports: Tamarick, Riddick

1993 Products: Dijonnaise, Tavist, Kenya

1993 Beauty queens: Jessuly, Dayanara

1993 Models: Vendela, Tylyn, Niki


1992

nayirah, news, baby name, 1990s,

1992 News: Nayirah, Iniki, Cheltzie, Aissa

1992 Immigration: Ilirida

1992 Politics: Yeltsin, Hillary, Chelsea

1992 Movie characters: Zandalee, Uniqua, Peyton, Sonora, Darian, Vada, Bishop

1992 TV characters: Drucilla, Oneisha, Marielena, Laquita, Eleni, Clarissa, Blade

1992 TV personalities: Montel, Myrka, Branford

1992 Video game character: Cage

1992 Actor: Khalil

1992 Writer: Endesha

1992 Singers: Dajae, Adeva, Devante, Dalvin, Wanya, Shanice, Billyray, Chesney

1992 Musician: Yanni

1992 Musical groups: Shomari, Tesla

1992 Sports: Agassi, Silken, Anfernee, Qadry, Jalen, Dikembe, Justice, Delino

1992 Products: Lahana, Safari, Elantra

1992 Celebrity baby: Scout, Caelan

1992 Celebrity related: Akeiba

1992 Beauty queens: Leanza, Dusharme


1991

quayshaun, singer, baby name, 1990s,

1991 News: Khalea, Wachovia, Stevieray

1991 War: Eritrea, Riyadh, Dhahran

1991 Immigration: Liridon, Liridona

1991 Movie characters: Clarke, Indigo, Furious, Tre

1991 TV characters: Marimar, Novian, Tyriq, Dylan, Mckay, Emilce, Ceara

1991 TV contestant: Symba, Alaetra

1991 TV personality: Keenen

1991 Actors: Ajai, Aeryk, Demi, Bryton, Jaleel

1991 Literary character: Raistlin

1991 Songs: Iesha, Shakiyla, Fancy

1991 Singers: Mariah, Quayshaun, Starleana, Shelby

1991 Musical groups: Jodeci, Jomanda, Quest

1991 Sports: Drexler, Arantxa

1991 Products: Samsara, Diamante, Infiniti

1991 Model: Deprise


1990

stryker, television, baby name, 1990s,

1990 News: Mandela, Zenani, Avianca, Tyski, Tantania

1990 War: Saddam

1990 Movie characters: Ariel, Mlynn, Kaneesha, Gage, Storm, Carson

1990 TV characters: Isamar, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Decker, Genele, Stryker, Shauni, Rubi

1990 TV personality: Tkeyah

1990 Actors: Keanu, Macaulay, Markie, Shanygne, Glenne, Ravensymone, Amairani, Denzel, Neilpatrick

1990 Literary character: Kitiara

1990 Songs: Angelia, Patience, Shaniqua, Shakiyla

1990 Singers: Alannah, Tevin, Latifah, Sinead, Samuelle, Trinere, Tyka, Devoe, Milira, Matraca, Lakim

1990 Sports: Isiah, Okoye, Raghib, Zina

1990 Products: Eternity, Lexus, Xeryus

1990 Celebrity baby: Langley

1990 Model: Kimora